A magical guitar leads a 12-year-old boy to a vibrant land of the dead in Pixar's upcoming film Coco. As previewed in the animated film's new trailer, Mexican music will play a central role in the movie, set to debut on November 22 on the heels of Day of the Dead celebrations.
"There's a song in the air, and it's playing just for you." See @PixarCoco in theatres this November. #Coco pic.twitter.com/DT0NIlK14d
- Disney•Pixar (@DisneyPixar) March 15, 2017
DJ and producer Camilo Lara from Mexican Institute of Sound's is working on the music for the film, directed by Lee Unkrich, who already showed audiences his sabor with Toy Story 3, which featured an awesome Buzz Lightyear flamenco solo and the Gypsy Kings singing the Spanish version of Randy Newman's "You've Got a Friend in Me."
Mexican styles that have been recorded for the soundtrack include son jarocho -- performed by Grupo Mono Blanco -- and banda played by Oaxacan musicians, as well as love songs crooned by fictional Mexican music idol Ernesto de la Cruz, voiced by Benjamin Bratt.
Miguel (Anthony Gonzalez), who is Pixar's first Latino protagonist, plays some impressive guitar.
We've worked very hard to get that right! Though one shot in teaser trailer is not in proper sync. Please don't judge... https://t.co/hqrMVvHwTf
- Lee Unkrich (@leeunkrich) March 15, 2017
In the film, Miguel sits in front of an altar to De la Cruz, and watches him performing on an old videotape, where he also offers life lessons, which include "never underestimate the power of music."
After Miguel breaks into De la Cruz's mausoleum and grabs his custom-made guitar from the wall, he begins his Day of the Dead journey to meet his hero, and to discover a personal connection that's been buried by his grandmother, who prohibits Miguel from playing music. His guide is a skeleton voiced by actor Gael Garcia Bernal, the Mexican star known currently to TV fans as the orchestra conductor in Mozart in the Jungle.
Watch the enchanting trailer here: